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WaPo reports this and one the funniest parts of their headline is calling Gupta a journalist.

If you aren’t smiling, you may have missed Gupta’s dishonest deconstruction of Michael Moore Sicko, or their interchange here.

The short of it – Gupta hardly believes in Universal healthcare. In fact hear him on this video complaining about high taxes needed tor universal healthcare.

But he is expected to accept the position within days.

Once again, I have Krugman concurring

Gupta specifically claimed that Moore “fudged his facts”, when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong.

And he adds one more element – the “Villagers way” when truth can only be acceptable at a certain time, from certain people

And appointing Gupta now, although it’s a small thing, is just another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way.

And now Conyers joins Krugman and writes to congresspeople

‘credibility gap’ because he never served in the National Health Service Corp, and furthermore, does not have the ‘experience or qualifications to be the leader of the nation’s public health service.’

I used to be a fan of Conyers. Until he started a similar letter campaign asking people in Michigan to vote “anyone but Hillary”. But on this one, I agree with him again.

I cannot believe that Politico would even turn around – if only partially the “No Drama Obama” slogan in the tentative title


The article even contains some snark

For an outfit known for its lack of drama, Team Obama has become a downright thrill show.

Bill Richardson! Rick Warren! Rod Blagojevich! Roland Burris! Talk about a ride through the fun house.

Interesting they noticed. They were chanting the slogan still a week ago when Blagobamarama was unfolding in full glory. Of course, exhonerating Obama is the first concern, but this time is not a total innocent verdict:

President-elect Barack Obama doesn’t bear responsibility for all these speed bumps on the road to a better, happier, more respected America, but he certainly bears responsibility for some of them.

Wow! That’s the most contorted way of saying – we tried, but can’t.

And as they go over those “bumps” (could be people under the bus?),they conclude on the Richardson mess

Or how come somebody didn’t say to Obama, “Before we name this guy, let’s keep looking into this. After all, a late appointment is better than an embarrassing appointment.”

So blame this drama on Team Obama.

Wow! Not quite him, but his team, his name attached. Getting close.

Politico – for the first time calls the Rick Warren controversy a “drama” and guess who is to blame?

Nor was Obama’s defense especially satisfying. Obama said that Warren had invited Obama to Camelback Church to give a speech, and now Obama was inviting Warren to speak.

But this isn’t just any speech. It is an inaugural invocation, and it has huge symbolic importance. And the new administration is going to be on tenterhooks until it hears what Warren actually plans on saying.

So for this drama, blame Obama.

They can d that because they end the article by exculpating Obama from the Blago-Burris unpleasantness

More on them in the future, but Obama has shown a wise amount of distance from both. Their drama cannot be laid at his feet. But, unavoidably, he is going to have to bear their burden on his shoulders.

Of course, all this “drama” business has the effect of making light of serious issues of corruption, negligence and bigotry. Real problems – not plays.

But media is confused that way.

Greta van Sustren reports that CNN got a little confused:

Get this:  CNN put out a list of “falling from grace in 2008″ and put Governor Palin on the list with (get ready!!) this group of men:

Senator John Edwards who cheated on his wife but gave the excuse his wife was in remission from cancer (nice, huh?)…

Governor Elliott Spitzer cheating on his wife with a prostitute (and let’s not forget the black socks!)…

Senator Ted Stevens convicted of crimes….he said he didn’t use the $2000 plus gift chair in his house…that’s a good one!!

…or how about Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick? convicted of felonies!!!

and Governor Blago who is about to be indicted for alleging selling a Senate Seat that was occupied by our next President???

A little wishful thinking CNN?

And, speaking of senate seats mess, Harry Reid is drawing a new line in the sand:

Reid: Coleman will “never ever serve

I know Coleman lost, and the continuing suits are too much, but is reid saying he put a curse on Coleman? For life? or someone is throwing a tantrum?

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